Marie L Nelson

October 30, 1954March 2, 2019

Marie “Lu” Nelson, 64, of Sparta, NJ passed away peacefully at home on March 2, 2019 after an extended illness. She was born in Kearny, NJ on October 30, 1954 to the late Ann Van Houten and Wilder Krueger.

Lu was the beloved wife of 43 years of Bob Nelson; loving sister to Doug Krueger, his wife Jane, Barbara Dunn & Liz Van Houten; dear friend to Dawn Post; endeared stepdaughter to the late Sterling Van Houten; caring Aunt to her nieces and nephews.

Lu will always be remembered for her fierce love of family and generous, giving nature. Lu was passionate about driving fast cars as well as had a tremendous love of animals. Throughout her illness one of her biggest sources of comfort was their dog, Jenny.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 4 – 8PM at Goble Funeral Home 22 Main St. Sparta, NJ 07871. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Thursday at 11AM. Interment will follow at Sparta Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please donate in Lu’s memory to Father John’s Animal House, 50 Father Johns Ln, Lafayette, NJ 07848.


  • Father John's Animal House


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Prayer Service Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, March 7, 2019

Marie L Nelson

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Denise Penn

March 8, 2019

I knew Lu from working at St. Clare's BHC. She was always there with an answer when I needed one and if she didn't know she would find out. I loved her energy, her dedication to her job and her smile and wit. My condolences to her family and friends. May the good memories offer you comfort during your grieving period.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." Irish headstone. I think this is so true, may it offer you comfort. I know Lu was loved by her family and friends and she loved them!

Linda & Rich Byers

March 4, 2019

Bob and Family,
Words cannot express how sadden we are to hear about the passing of Lu. She was always there for me if I needed to someone talk to, she was a good friend. She will never be forgotten, I think of her at Christmas when I am decorating my tree with Lenox ornaments which many of them were gifts from her. Rich and I have been reminiscing the good times we had together with the two of you on our trips to Vermont. If you need anything don't hesitate to call us.

Out thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Linda & Rich

Mary E Connors

March 4, 2019

I knew Lu from our "working years" at St. Clare's in Denville, NJ. She greeted everyone with her beautiful smile and warmth whenever you encountered her; she always went out of her way to be as assistive as possible. More significantly, she was my friend and touched my life with her kindness, wit, and understanding. A special place in my heart will always belong to Lu. Prayers for comfort and strength are sent to her family. God bless.